Kobe Bryant

The outpouring of grief over the early loss of Kobe Bryant at 41 in a helicopter crash that took the lives of nine, including his 13 year old daughter, has been quite a spectacle to watch.

The NBA great, one of the most prolific players of his era, of any era, had a very large following in basketball and sports circles everywhere, including a huge place in basketball in China, where Bryant was revered.

Fans across the nation, across the spectrum of the sports world, and among players and athletes everywhere is that Bryant was a giant competitor, a winner through and through, and a positive spirit in a game dominated by only a handful of outrageously talented players.

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Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament

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Friends and family wear shirts touting “Cataldo Strong” and an image of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo on their backs at the Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament held in her honor. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Leader Herald Staff Report

The Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament was held in memory of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo on Saturday June 1, 2019.

Twelve teams competed for a $1,000 prize as well as a second place prize of $450.

Team Sabatino Insurance won the tournament and gave back their $1000 prize to the Ersilia Charity Fund held by the Everett Kiwanis.

The winners also received a trophy, dedicated and named in honor of Everett Kiwanis Club Vice-President, Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo.

The money raised during the event was given to the Kiwanis Club to be used for their scholarships and charities throughout the community.

The event was held at the Italian American Club in Malden from 9am to 5pm.

Baxter Time Generating Interest

By Josh Resnek

The time for Thad Baxter’s family in Woburn at the VFW on Friday night has raised a great deal of interest in the fundraiser.

“A lot of interest is being shown in the time,” said Maria Bussell, who is coordinating ticket sales.

“We are expecting about 125 people,” she said.

Nick Russo will be doing the cooking for the crowd.

The fundraiser is being held at the VFW Post 101, which is located at 194 Lexington Street.

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